Kathleen Brughelli

Kathleen Brughelli was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from Russell Sage College, in Troy, NY and a Master of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. 

Over the course of the past 20 or so years, Kathleen has had the good fortune to travel extensively, especially throughout Southeast Asia.  This allowed her to truly indulge her fascination with jewelry and gemstones.  Kathleen has observed the silversmiths in Bali, the stone cutters in Thailand, pewter artisans in Malaysia and magnificent silver repousse works being created in Vietnam and Cambodia.

In 2004 Kathleen relocated to Hawaii where she met her friend and mentor Anna Meng, founder and owner of The Meng Dynasty in Honolulu and former head buyer and manager of fine jewelry at Neiman Marcus.  Her work has been a direct outgrowth of that relationship. 

Since 2004 Kathleen has earned her Graduate Diamond degree from GIA.  She has studied at the Honolulu Academy of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design and most recently she studied with Tom McCarthy at The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL..  Her critically acclaimed work, “Tears of Joy,” was recently featured in the Florida Craftsmen exhibition, “Necklust and the Chocolatier.”